Today is my 25th birthday- No April Fool’s here!
To be honest, I’m more excited about my free birthday drink from Caribou than actually turning 25. Guess I’ve just never been that into birthdays- maybe years of hearing APRIL FOOLS- It’s not really your birthday! rendered the date itself a little less important.
What is important is celebrating the past year, and the year to come. I’m not going to sugarcoat it- 24 was a hard year. I lost my first grandparent, had some health issues, and dealt with some difficult situations at work. But for every difficult moment, there were wonderful ones too. Watching a dear friend get married. Luke finally graduating from college. Hiking with my family in state parks.
I’m looking forward to all 25 has to bring, and can’t wait for new adventures. Here are my goals for the new year: 25 goals for 25.
- Spend more quality time with my grandparents
I lost my grandfather this past year. He lived out of state, and I saw him rarely, and I wish we had more time together. My three living grandparents all live within 30 minutes of my apartment, and every moment I spend with them is so precious. The photo below is from an outing with my Grandma and Farfar last summer- I’m looking forward to more outings with them and my Grammy this year.
- Read 25 books
This doesn’t sound like much of a reading goal, except that to keep up my French fluency, I alternate between reading English and French novels. And I read slow in French. Currently, I’m reading Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis, and next up is Candide by Voltaire (quite the contrast, I know). I would love to hear your reading suggestions, especially for French novels!
- Go on a road trip
- Have a Ladies’ Weekend Trip
One of my best friends lives in Chicago, and we’ve been talking for years about visiting for a weekend. Time to make this goal a reality!
- Hike Tetteguche State Park
- Go on a spontaneous adventure
- Spend a day at the beach
My idea of a day at the beach is skipping rocks at Lake Superior. Maybe we’ll make it to Duluth, maybe I’ll stay local and get sunburned at Lake Harriet or Nokomis.
- Go Wine Tasting
- Host a fancy brunch for friends
- Host a murder mystery party
Murder Mystery Parties are my favorite- how have I not hosted one of these yet?
- Fire up Grandma’s kiln
My grandparents have a couple of kilns in their basement. Luke and I used them to make favors for our wedding, but I’ve been dying to use them again.
- Try something new and creative- like glass blowing or pottery
- Take a yoga class
- Join a French conversation group in the Twin Cities
Should have done this a long time ago- now I have no excuse!
- Go swing dancing
Luke and I used to swing all the time in college, and I miss it like crazy.
- Perfect the baguette
I lived in France and I have high standards, people!
- Bake macaroons
- Make my own sourdough starter
- Learn to take better photos with my phone
- Find the best ice cream in the Twin Cities
Clearly finding the best ice cream in the Twin Cities is an ongoing quest, and I plan to make some serious headway this year.
- Fly a kite
- Buy myself flowers
- Try a new hairstyle
I’ve had the same hairstyle for a very long time. On one hand, I’m terrified of change, on the other, it would be fun to mix things up with layers or even bangs!
- Take family photos- yes, for our little family of two
- Create a family yearbook for each year thus far, so we can remember the little things and celebrate the small, everyday blessings for years to come.
Here’s to a wonderful, glorious year!